Make or break
Pacing really does make or break a book for me. I can’t pick what it is exactly, it can come down to information too soon or too late, or action that drags, or emotional scenes with no oomph. Insta-love is another thing that drives me nuts, because I want a love story — who doesn’t? — but I want the characters to work for it, because then I’ll believe it.
Here, Tony Park talks about Stephen King’s On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft, published in 2002, post his horrific accident and it’s amazing to think what he’s accomplished.
But, back to Tony Park’s quote: to me, that speaks to writers being ruthless during their second (various) drafts, culling text as they go. I know editors are usually supposed to be the ruthless ones — and I am, but never without reason — but it’s ultimately the author who will be the best at this, but of course the trick is to bring yourself to cut the words you’ve lovingly spent hours putting to paper.
Sucks right? But, as Tony points out, it’ll speed things up!
What do you think of Tony’s quote? And King’s memoir?